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Detour: 25th and Lexington

Author Steve    Category Detour, Gramercy     Tags

Location: 25th and Lexington
Price: $5.00
Container: Rectangle (Styrofoam)

I want to first start off by saying that I am honored to be Street Meat Steve’s first detour!  I am in no way a Street Meat connoisseur, only having it a handful of times. I’ve always gotten chicken and rice, but this time I decided to go with the lamb gyro.  Boy was it good!  So, I got Lamb Gyro over yellow rice with white sauce and a little bit of hot sauce (I can’t handle a lot of heat!), it came with lettuce and tomato. I mixed it all together (another thing I never have done before) and went to it. It was AMAZING, first of all, the lamb was so flavorful and moist. Best street meat I have ever tasted, but that doesn’t go far since I never had the lamb before. The meat flavor had a bit of a spicy kick after-taste. Delicious. I enjoyed the crisp lettuce, and tomatoes to cool down the flavor. The white sauce could have been better- it wasn’t as flavorful as others, and a bit thin, almost watered down.

I would definitely go to this cart again, but I am looking forward to ordering lamb at other carts to see if lamb is just better than chicken in general.

Flavorful Lamb
Lettuce and Tomato
White Sauce watery

Halal Food – 25th and Lexington

Author Steve    Category Gramercy     Tags

Location: 25th and Lexington
Price: $5.00
Container: Rectangle (Styrofoam)

So let me first start off by saying, if you go to this cart during the day — be prepared to be surrounded by a bunch of immature college (or high school) kids who think they are tougher than God.  This cart is located right in front of Baruch College.  Once you get your food though, you’re in the clear.  This is a standard Chicken and Rice plate with a lettuce and tomato salad, and carrots and onions mixed into the chicken, all served over yellow rice.  The carrots and onions definitely give the dish some needed flavor.  I say this because the chicken — while shredded, tender, and plentiful (an excellent chicken to rice ratio) — could use some more flavor.  The white sauce is good, but could be a bit creamier, and there definitely wasn’t enough.  The hot sauce is SPICY.  I think it’s got more spice to it than flavor, which I typically don’t like.

Overall, though this dish was pretty good.  I’d definitely ask for a little bit more white sauce and a little bit less hot sauce if you go.

Great overall flavor comes from veggies mixed in, and a good ratio of chicken to rice.
Chicken is plentiful, shredded, and tender — but not very flavorful
not enough white sauce. hot sauce is to spicy.

Halal Food: 23rd and Park Ave

Author Steve    Category Gramercy     Tags

Location: 23th and Park
Price: $5.00
Container: Rectangular (Styrofoam)

Upon opening the container I was very happy.  The chicken and rice was topped with french fries, carrots, tomatoes, jalapeno, and a single falafel!  I mixed it up and dug in.  Overall, this was average.  The white sauce was okay (too watery), there wasn’t enough hot sauce, and the fries were cold.  I usually don’t have a falafel so it was a nice treat, and it was pretty good.  The jalapenos actually gave the whole dish a nice flavor that I am not used to having in a C&R dish — almost like a tex-mex kick to it.  It was interesting.  The chicken was nice and shredded, but just average.  The yellow rice was average, too.  My major, major issue, was that I got a huge chunk of cartilage in the chicken.  I was actually enjoying the dish until this happened, so I think it turned me off and gave me a negative bias to the rest of the food.  So would I get this chicken and rice again?  Probably not, unless I was really craving some C&R and it was the only cart around.

fries, jalapenos, and falafel
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